Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tartar On My Eyes

Ignore the little smudge/fall down under the 'wing' I only saw it after I took the pictures, Whops!

Earlier this year Nars launched their new Eye Paints/Gel Eyeliners and although I heard good things of them I wasn't all over the internet trying to get my hands on them. However, last week my mom's cousin from New York came to visit, and as she's working in the beauty business she came carrying quite a few goodies for us to choose from, from various brands - including Nars and their lovely little pots of colour. I selected a gorgeous black with purple shimmer in it called Tartar. As the beauty junkie that I am I wante to try it out immediately and yesterday I did a winged liner look with it that came out quite nice so I thought I'd share it with you. For a quick run-down of the look and how I achieved it, keep on reading!

As a base I used the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation with my Sigmax Angled Kabuki Brush and buffed that in to a natural, but flawles finish. I did my contouring with my new love Benefit Hoola and the brush it comes with, which I happen to love in contrast to more or less everyone else. For blusher I popped on a bit of Sleek's Squash from the Pumpkin trio and my TopShop Cream highlighter went on my cheekbones as usual. 

For my eyes I used a large fluffy brush to softly apply a warm brown all over my lids, and I decided to multi-use and went for my Hoola bronzer here as well, which worked perfectly! Then I lined my upper and lower lashline with Teddy Eye Pencil by MAC and softly blended it before I came in with the Nars  Gel Liner in Tartar and made a winged line allowing Teddy to peek out above it :) After some curling of the lashes with my MAC lash curler and some lashings of the Lancome Hypnose Mascara the look was complete!

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you've tried the Nars Gel Eyeliners and what you think! Also let me know if you have any requests for tutorials you'd like me to do - it can be anything! If you did enjoy this then follow me on Bloglovin here for more!

Love, Em

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Makeover

A couple weeks ago my dear friend Rebekka got a little makeover from me, and although she is absolutely gorgeous without any make-up, you could really tell how much of a differenc make-up can do. I really liked how it turned out and wanted to share the "difference" with all of you, so after asking her permission here it is :) 

 I went for glowing skin and bronzed up eyes using a good amount of cream products. On the cheeks I put my much loved Sleek Contour in medium, the Bourjois cream blush in 02 and my trusty TopShop cream highligher from the little quad they do. For the eyes I started with Maybeline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze as a base with MAC's Woodwinked all over, Cork in the outer crease and Omega to soften up the edges. As an inner highligt I used Virgin in the UD Naked palette. I did also apply some Diorskin Nude mixed with Clinique's Even Better foundation for a flawless base (applied that before the cheek+eyes obviously) as well as filling in her eyebrows a tiny bit with Benefit BrowZings. And with that I was done!

I hope you enjoyed this post, a new tutorial and review will be up in the next few days so keep an eye out for that :) And if you haven't already, you can follow my blog here on Bloglovin'.

Lots of Love,


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Benefit Haul & Review

I have never been a huge fan of Benefit's products. It's not that I dislike them, more just that I haven't really tried many of them! However when I was in England this spring I was given a few samples from them including the 'It's Potent' eye cream and 'Triple Performing Facial Emulsion) day cream. These two little samples have just been laying in my drawer and I haven't given them much interest until a few weeks ago when I figured I'd give them a go. At the time my skin was pretty good but I was still blown away by how incredible the day cream worked. It felt smoother, looked brighter and clearer after just a few days. The eye cream didn't do miracles but it worked well none the less. Anyway, I ended up running out of both and saw that my skin didn't like the separation from its new friends so I decided to order the day cream along with another lusted after goodie from Benefit, the famous Hoola bronzer. 

During the week I didn't use the 'triple performance facial emulsion' (couldn't have chosen a shorter name eh, benefit?) my skin went from good to not so good, aka a massive spot on my chin plus quite a few mini spots here and there. But again, as soon as I started slapping the stuff back on my face it cleared up. Miracle worker? Maybe, but there's something in it that just works.

Hoola has also quickly found a place in my everyday routine and so far I am loving the natural, smooth and warm (but not orange) contour/bronzing colour it gives.

That's it for now, I'm sorry about the lack of posts this past week - it's been pretty crazy with uni preparations, a family wedding and work so I haven't had the time but I'll get back into the swing of things now!

Lots of Love,


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen x BikBok Haul

Last Thursday the Scandinavian Clothing store BikBok launched the first part, out of three, of their Collection that they've made together with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. As a huge fan of the twins and their eye for fashion and style, I was very excited to check the pieces out and hopefully pick some of them up. I didn't have time to head down to my local store until yesterday so I knew there was a chance that a lot of the collection would be sold out already, at least in my size. It turned out I was lucky as there were still quite a lot left and I got a hold of all the items I'd been wanting, apart form a blazer, and I thought I'd show you what I ended up with. I picked up two of the gorgeous shirts/blouses, one in a checkered burnt red and blue with a bow in the front and a black, high - neck, crochet patterned one. Both are in a lovely material and they have slightly 'fluffy' sleeves that come in quite fitted at the wrists - secured with nice little buttons. I also grabbed a mid-sized hand bacg in black and white with three compartments inside + a zipped pocket. it comes with a handle on top as well as a long black strap. Last but not least I decided on the black belt with gold studs and a big gold buckle - perfect with black jeans!

I absolutely love the outcome of this collaboration and can't wait for the next two parts! I'll try and do OOTD's with these items in the near future, but can't promise anything ;) And one more thing - If you haven't already I would love it if you'd follow me on Bloglovin' - that way you'll never miss a post.

Lots of Love,


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Curly Curls And What Not

Listen up girls (and guys) I got in to university! Gaaahhh, I am super excited yet can't really wrap my head around the thought of moving to Manchester in just over a month! There are about a billion things I have had to add to my 'To-Do' list in the past 24 hours since I got the decision, suppose I just have to start at the top and work my way down :) If any of you Uni people have any good tips, please let me know in the comments! 

Anyway, over to the post! It's been a while since I've done a hair-related post so I figured I could do one today, all about how I curl my hair and which products I use. Keep in mind I don't curl my hair all that often as it takes waaay too long with all this hair, but when I do - this is how :)

Products: TRESemmé Heat Protector (I've just started using the Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press one and think I might prefer it..), Aussie Dual Personality Anti Frizz Lotion, Wide Tooth Comb

Start by applying an anti-frizz lotion or serum if you need it, then fire ahead with the heat protector - don't be shy, it will only do your hair good :) Brush through your hair, then section it off and we're ready to start curling!

I have the José Eber Pro Series 19mm Curling wand (I'm looking into getting a bigger one as this one makes the curls a little bit to small in my opinion)  and basically just take some small and some larger sections of hair and wrap them around the wand, hold until my hair is warm then release and keep on doing that all over. I tend to mix up the 'directions' of the curls so that it's all more random and 'messy'. Once one layer is done, pull down some more hair and keep doing that until your whole head of hair is one big curly mess.

Run your fingers though the curls to loosen them a bit and you're done! If you need hairspray,  now's the time to add that but mine tend to hold well enough without.

So yeah, that's how I get my hair curled.. Nothing new or fancy but oh well. Remember to leave your Uni tips in the comments if you have any that you think will help! And if you haven't already, please go follow me on  Bloglovin' and I'll love you to bits :)

Lots of Love,


Monday, August 05, 2013

Golden Zara Love

A few weeks ago I saw Kayleigh from Couture Girl post an Instagram photo of a pair of gorgeous Zara heels with the caption that she was selling them. As the shoe-holic and shopaholic I am, I went for it and bought them. A short week later and they were on my doorstep - literally. I was about to step on them as I walked out! Anyway, I love them so much that I figured it was only a matter of days before I had to share them with you guys, so here they are - my precious Zara heels in all their glory...on my feet. I hope none of you have a pet peeve about feet...nor a fetish. Both would make this a bit awkward. Now, enough of the ramble!

These heels are pretty much just your normal sandal heels in black suede, with a strap over the toes and one around the ankle, with a little gold buckle to hold it in place. The actual heel part of them is what's so gorgeous as it is covered in shiny gold! Ahhh, love. As for how comfortable they are - considering the heels are thin they are very comfortable. The perfect pair for any occasion whether it may be work, shopping, dinner, a party, a wedding - anything, anytime :)

I realised it's a bit odd to dedicate a whole post to one pair of shoes but oh well. If you do enjoy these kind of haul posts then let me know and I will do some more - I have some new purchases lying around that I can show you if you'd like it! And if you haven't already I would really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog on Bloglovin' and Facebook :)

Lots of Love,


Friday, August 02, 2013

July Favourites!

For once I don't feel like the past month has gone by super quickly.. to be honest these past two weeks have gone by soooo slowly as I haven't really been doing anything at all. Anyway, a month is over and it has come to the time when every beauty blogger summons her brain cells to remember all the 'most loved' products of the past month. Now, I won't do monthly favourites every month, but whenever I have been loving new or different products that I want to share with you - then I'll do one. And this month just happened to be one of those.

1. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub Suppose you've all heard of this un' right? Well all the hype is well deserved for a wonder worker like this. Review here.

2. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Lemon Drop A shimmery version of the original. Gorgeous on the eyes but also as a (prepare yourself) cheek highlighter/glow-giver. 

3. TopShop Lip Paint in Yeah Right You've heard me rave about this a thousand times over. It is purely brilliant. Read my review here.

4. MAC Eyeshadow in Cork A brilliant all over the lid, wash of colour. No shimmer, no fuzz, just natural definition in a pot.

5. Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Khol Liner in Noir My go-to black liner for when I want a simple, black, long-lasting rim around my eyes.

6. MAC Eye Pencil in Teddy  Another much loved product by beauty girls all over. The warm, rich chocolatey bronze colour is smooth and easy to apply and suits so to say everyone.

7. Sigma E65 Small Angle Brush How I haven't thought of using this for my brows before now - I don't know. But I do know that I will not go back to the horrible, old brush I used before - ever.

8. Diorskin Nude BB Cream in 002 I now understand why so many people are loving this little guy - because now - so do I. Healthy, flawless glow in a little tube. Read my full review here.

9. Sleek Blush Trio in Pumpkin Who would have thought that it would take me almost a year before I dared try the gorgeous pink in there? Squash is now my everyday blush! 

10. Real Techniques Blush Brush This is the best brush I own together with the MAC 217. Blush, Contour, Powder - it does it better than any other brush I've tried.

Those are my favourites, but I would love to have a peek at yours too, so let me know in the comments or leave a link if you've done a post too :) 

Lots of Love,